Rain pro­vides limited re­lief to Shih­men Reser­voir: WRA

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

Fol­low­ing the tor­ren­tial rain around the na­tion yes­ter­day, the Wa­ter Re­sources Agency (WRA) cal­cu­lated that the Shih­men Reser­voir ( ) has ac­cu­mu­lated 5.51 mil­lion met­ric tons of rain wa­ter, which in­creased the wa­ter sup­ply of the dam up to four more days. The Baoshan Reser­voir ( ) and the Sec­ond Baoshan Reser­voir ( ) in Hs­inchu have also ac­cu­mu­lated up to 10 days of wa­ter from the rain, while the Yunghe­shan Reser­voir (

) in Miaoli re­ceived eight days of sup­ply.

How­ever the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs ( MOEA) has stated that the na­tion is still a long ways away from the end of the drought pe­riod, im­plor­ing all cit­i­zens to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in wa­ter con­ser­va­tion.

With the rain­fall ob­served re­cently, the en­tire na­tion has won­dered whether if the gov­ern­ment would ter­mi­nate the third stage of wa­ter ra­tioning. How­ever, the MOEA said that there are cur­rently no such plans, as the weather will most likely turn dry. An of­fi­cial of the MOEA has stated that plans will be read­dressed af­ter ob­serv­ing the re­sults of the next four days.

The WRA also stated that the wa­ter reg­u­la­tion pol­icy will only com­plete its first ac­ti­va­tion cy­cle to­mor­row, and that from the rate of cur­rent wa­ter de­ple­tion and ac­cu­mu­la­tion, the WRA would have to hold fur­ther dis­cus­sions this week to de­ter­mine whether if a new wa­ter pro­gram should be put in place.

The Cen­tral Weather Bureau has also warned that re­cent tem­per­a­ture will begin to turn into dry cold fronts with small chance of rain.

Ac­cord­ing to WRA Chief Sec­re­tary Lai Chien-hsin ( ), the rain ob­served re­cently only ben­e­fit­ted the reser­voirs in the north, while the wa­ter sup­ply south con­tinue to decline.

Deputy manager of Tai­wan Wa­ter Corp’s Sixth Branch Wang Ming-shiao ( ) re­cently said that due to the drought, Tainan had to pro­vide Kaoh­si­ung with 30,000 met­ric tons of wa­ter.

Since last De­cem­ber, Kaoh­si­ung served as the wa­ter provider to Tainan, sup­ply­ing 40 thou­sand met­ric tons of wa­ter to Tainan on a daily ba­sis. But due to the sever­ity of the drought, Kaoh­si­ung had not only cease its aid to Tainan this month, but had to re­quest that the roles be reversed re­cently so that Kaoh­si­ung may have enough wa­ter.

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